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There’s little in makeup I love more than a sheeny, greasy cheekbone. To me it looks like a radiant little cherub combined with a fresh-from-the-sea mermaid – a perfect combination of youthful innocence and hotness. I think you know what I mean.

And now it seems everyone in the beauty world is finally starting to agree with me. Dewy looking highlights are everywhere – a very good thing for those of us no longer wanting to smear lip balm on the high points of the face, which is what I had been doing in the past. Here is a comprehensive guide to the best gloss effect highlighters.

Perhaps the OG of the trend is the quite frankly amazing RMS Living Luminizer. This is a little tub of pearlescent-ly oily greatness. Smeared over cheekbones, inner eye corners and cupids bow, it almost “undoes” you makeup look, giving a totally effortless, fresh-faced vibe. It’s a little pricey, but one jar last about two years of near daily use.

A similar option is Glossier’s Haloscope. This comes in three shades – Topaz, a deeper gold, Quartz, a pale warm pink, and Moonstone, an iridescent white and my personal favorite. These are in handy stick form with an oil core to add the perfect amount of grease to the sheeny pigmented outer layer.

To totally up the glossy ante, I recommend either the Make Beauty Dew Pot or the Ciaté Dewy Stix. Both of these are almost transparent with a slight iridescence, but the majority of the sheen comes from their actual glossy nature. Make’s offering comes in Pink and Bronze (though the pigment of both is sheer) while Ciaté’s come in in Lustre, a pink, Gleam, a gold, and Glow, which is almost totally clear.

For those who favor a holographic twist on their dewy glow, I point you in the direction of the Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color in Illumi-Naughty. Another balmy stick, this has more of a multifaceted reflect, going from pale pink to sheeny lilac and even light hints of baby blue. Unlike other holographic highlights, though, this looks surprisingly natural, like a sexy, undercover, lightly greasy alien.

A recent wonderful find is the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand. This is a universally flattering pale gold reflect in an almost transparent base. Unlike some of the other options on this list, this product sets and so doesn’t remain sticky, yet retains its gloss-effect look. Plus, top marks for the best highlighter application design in history.

Another great option for those who favour the glossy look but can’t stand a greasy feel is the classic Benefit High Beam. This pearly pink liquid has been around for years and continues to be a fantastic and hardworking aspect of my highlighting roster. It applies like a nail polish and sets to a reflective and yet non-metallic sheen.


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